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EPSRC Doctoral Prize winter call 2023 – Applications now open

11 October 2023

Applications are now open for the prestigious EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship awards. The EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship scheme is a unique opportunity for recent EPSRC-funded PhD students to launch their research careers in a supportive environment at the University of Bristol. The deadline for applications is 5 November 2023.

These fully funded two-year Research Associateships support recent PhD graduates’ transition into early career research. Doctoral Prize Fellows propose their own bespoke programme to conduct innovative research in the fields of Engineering, Science and Life Sciences.

The EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship enriches the University’s research community by bringing in some of the most exciting newly established researchers working at the cutting edge of research, aligned to the spectrum of EPSRC research themes. Bristol’s innovative and interdisciplinary research culture provides a stimulating environment for Doctoral Prize Fellows to grow into leaders in their fields and lay the groundwork for future career paths.

Further benefits of the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship include:

  • The opportunity to work within world-class research groups at the University of Bristol
  • An accelerated trajectory to an independent research career
  • Leadership roles and opportunities within the wider research community at Bristol
  • The change to create a platform for a permanent academic post or further prestigious externally funded fellowship.

A note on eligibility:

Applicants must have submitted their thesis before EPSRC Doctoral Prize support begins and must have been a recipient of EPSRC studentship support. No more than 6 months must have passed since the viva for applicants who have completed their PhDs. Applications from candidates in the final stages of their PhD (within 6 months of submission) will now also be accepted.

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 5 November 2023. Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 5 December 2023.

Candidates must apply online. The following documents are in the job advert and must be completed and attached, along with your up-to-date CV:

  • University of Bristol EPSRC Doctoral Prize Application form (including Project Proposal)
  • A completed and signed ‘Head of School Statement of Support’ form. Please coordinate with your Project Sponsor.

Applicants who have not yet submitted their thesis must also provide a ‘Supervisor Statement of Support’ form.

Job advert

Further information

Further detailed guidance on the application process and supporting documents are available along with the advertisement. Enquiries should be directed to 

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